After a busy 12 months recording with Lachlan West of The Vines, and
a national tour in support of their debut single ‘One Day’, Sydney 3-
piece ‘Inklines’ are back with their new single ‘Elusion’.
Tomatrax caught up with Will Tremain, the band’s lead singer and guitarist, to ask a few questions.
How did the band form?
I was just doing solo stuff but always writing songs with a band in mind. I eventually got a group together, members came and went as they do. One day I saw Tom playing a show with a mates’ band and I decided then and there that he had to be the drummer, and together we recruited Dan on bass.
Where did the name Inklines come from?
I was on a website called Dafont, looking for some ideas to make a logo for another band and there was a font called ‘Inklines’. From what I recall the font wasn’t very good, but the word just stood out to me and we couldn’t think of anything better.
You’ve just put out your latest single, how does it feel to have it out?
It’s definitely a good feeling. We’ve had a few songs in the bank for a while now so it’s exciting to finally get them out there. Slowly but surely!
What made you pick ‘Elusion’ as your latest single?
It was just one that really stood out to us once it was recorded. Lachlan (Producer) actually suggested it as the first single but we collectively decided that we’d save it for a bit.
Are there any plans for a full-length release?
Definitely, eventually. We actually recorded 13 songs with Lachy, ordered them and had them mastered as an album, so we have one ready to go, but we’re just sitting on it for the time being. It might become a couple of EP’s or a bunch more singles – we’ll know by the end of the year.
You recently went on your biggest tour around the country, how did that go?
It was an awesome experience for all of us. I suppose you don’t really know exactly what to expect for your first trip, but I would say it beat any expectations that I might have had. Adelaide really took us by surprise, none of us had ever been before and we’d heard that it was fairly quiet, but it turned out to be one of the wildest stops of the tour. If you’re ever in Adelaide, go see Donnarumma!
You also have another tour coming up soon, what can fans expect from your show?
I think mainly we expect and want others to expect improvement. I think we’re growing more and more as a unit and we hope we can make that evident at our shows. But also, new songs!
You successfully infuse elements of heavy grunge/hard core sounds with hazy shoegaze sounds, is it hard to get these somewhat contrasting elements to work together?
Hazy shoegaze! Interesting. I guess I don’t really think about what genre we might fit into when I’m writing songs. When I was 19, Fess Parker (The Radiators) told me that the worst thing you can do as a songwriter is try to fit any expectations, because it becomes fake and people always pick up on that. I guess there’s a few ways you can take that, but it has stuck with me ever since. I just try to write what I feel at the time.
When writing what comes first, the words or the music?
It’s different every time. Sometimes words just coming spilling out and if I’m lucky they just sort of create their own melody which I then put chords behind. But I’d say more often I have an idea on the guitar which I develop with bits and pieces of lyrics along the way.
Do you ever listen to your own music?
Rarely. We definitely gave the album a few spins when we got the masters back, but it’s not on any of our playlists or anything. We usually just hear it when our friends are blasting it or when shooting videos and that kind of thing.
What music do you listen to?
I try to keep it as diverse as possible these days. Silverchair and Jeff Buckley are my all-times and always will be, but I’ve recently been smashing The Growlers, The Voidz, Real Estate, Royal Blood and Nothing But Thieves recently, to name a few. I’ve got a mate, Liam, who (probably much like yourself) just seems to know every band under the sun so I get a pretty good mix from him. Almost every band I’ve heard of in the last year is because of him.
What do you have planned following the upcoming tour?
Not too sure yet. We’ll definitely be releasing more music, we’ve just got to decide how. It’s a dream of all of ours to get on a festival bill too, so hopefully we can get that ticked off the list in the near future.